ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A Delaware man has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting a girl in Cecil County over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Mark Ryan Blackwell, 19, of Wilmington was also ordered at sentencing Wednesday to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The Cecil Whig reported that he had pleaded guilty in September.

Prosecutors say Blackwell molested the girl several times, starting when she was 13.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. Sherry Sophia says:

    Five years is not enough time in prison for molesting a child. The child will have to live with being molested for the rest of her life, He will be out of prison in no time to harm other children.

  2. barnabus says:

    Castrate him. & the judge who sentenced him. Wonder how he would feel if it were his daughter / grandaughter.

  3. m says:

    If I am doing the math right and he is 19 now and she was 13 when this started 2 and a half years ago, that would make him around 16 and her around 13 when this started. Isn’t that somewhere in the ballpark of high school freshmen and highschool sophmore/junior? That would make him a child as well?

    Either way, gross

  4. PartyArty says:

    average high school/teen dating to me. To me it isn’t out of the ordinary. Her family must have influence.

  5. Concerned_Citizen says:

    This story should be retracted. Are these facts correct? This person was not charged with molestation which is defined as “unwanted” contact. The charges were in no way for molestation. There is much, much more to this story than has been printed here. This article is incorrect in stating the charges and should be pulled. The real charge should be printed or the article should not be printed at all. Other articles state that charges were dropped for a plea . That is incorrect as well. The other charges were nolle prosequi because the facts put before a grand jury were so completely inaccurate the state had to drop them. Some of us feel this is a true witch hunt.

  6. Concerned_Citizen says:

    Please check family court records in New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland before you comment and decide who are the victims in this matter.

    1. Synapse2Synapse says:

      How would I go about doing so?

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